Mumsnet Best Changing Bag 2017
Storksak Noa Review
The Noa changing bag is stylish, durable, and comes in a variety of colours and materials – it's also incredibly good value
After rigorous testing of the most popular bags and brands on the market, we concluded that the Storksak Noa was the overall best buy. It includes a luxury, machine-washable, padded changing mat, a handy pull out mini-organiser (with six pockets), and has a side insulated bottle compartment for easy access to baby’s milk. In short, the Noa has everything you’d want from a perfect changing bag.
Storksak is synonymous with high quality and durability, and the Noa is no exception. This stylish bag will withstand spilt milk, sticky fingers, crayons and anything else your kids can (and will) get their hands on. The Noa comes in leather or canvas and is available in a variety of colours. Both materials are wipe clean and very durable, ensuring this chic bag maintains its stylish appearance even after the relentless punishment it will receive over the next few years. The leather version gets better with age, as the material softens and becomes slouchy and worn-in.
We loved the style of this bag. It doesn’t look like a stereotypical changing bag and the design is classically simple, with clean lines and not too many pockets for things to get lost in. It’s also the perfect size, small enough not to get in the way or encourage you to carry around unnecessary clutter, but big enough for what your baby needs on any given day.
The Noa is flexible, with two short leather handles, perfect for carrying the bag in your hand or on your arm. These are even backed with webbing for an anti-slip function. There’s also a detachable long strap, so you can wear the bag across your body, keeping your hands free if need be. But most importantly, it can be easily and securely attached to the buggy using Storksak’s patented integrated buggy straps, which is so handy. It makes such a difference to have a bag that can be securely attached to your buggy, instead of slipping down your shoulder every few seconds.
It's a fab size, looks like a handbag and has a removable insert which is handy for putting into hubby's bag if he has the wee one.
The Noa is spacious. We managed to fit in five nappies, the padded changing mat, a pack of wipes, nappy cream, a change of clothes, a bottle of milk, snacks, a purse and a phone. It has fewer internal pockets than other changing bags (and only one with a zip to keep prying fingers out), making it easy to remember where everything is.
If you’re super organised and like to have different compartments, you'll appreciate the Noa's handy pull out mini-organiser bag. This is perfect for storing your nappies, wipes and nappy cream and means you don’t need to take the whole bag with you to the changing room. You just need to take the mini-organiser – genius!
We were also impressed with the little side insulated bottle compartment, which keeps your bottle upright and warm or cool for up to four hours. You simply unzip the pocket for easy access to your baby’s milk, brilliant for when you have a screaming baby on your hands.
Our Final Verdict
This bag ticked all the boxes and more. It’s understated and stylish, without being too big or fussy, and we loved the handy pull out mini-organiser bag. The Noa also has a number of different carrying options, due to the short and long straps, and can be easily attached to the buggy, which is important. We also really liked the convenience of the side milk bottle compartment. With prices starting from as low as £71, this bag offers great value for money and will be durable for years to come. A very worthy winner.
Price: £79 for canvas or £169 for leather at time of review
External material: premium wipe clean, coated canvas or luxurious soft leather
Internal material: wipe clean nylon
Straps: two short carry handles, one detachable long shoulder strap and integrated buggy straps
Pockets: one external zip pocket, one internal zip pocket, one insulated bottle pocket and one removable organiser with six integrated pockets
Included: deluxe machine-washable, padded changing mat, built-in insulated compartment to keep one bottle warm or cool and removable organiser
Dimensions: H29 W49 D20 cm
Available in canvas in black, grey, yellow, navy, coral, grey and white stripe, and powder blue.
Available in leather in black, tan or clay grey.
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